Nathan Chen says poor short program due to mental issue


He will have some time to gather and regroup before the men's individual event.

Chen may be present to cheer on his teammates, as they did him.

Then they stepped on the Olympic ice to compete, and one by one they stumbled through cringe-worthy short programs.

Figure skaters are accustomed to practicing in the morning; Italian skater Carolina Kostner said she actually prefers it. "The reaction when I got off the ice made me go from being poor to being fun and lighthearted, and I thought we carried that energy over to the pairs". It was a disappointing day for Team Korea, who finished ninth in the rankings. Definitely not a representation of who I am and what I can do. "I got ahead of myself and didn't have the right ways to get into my jumps".

The man they call the quad king added: "I definitely let the rest of the team down so I feel bad in that regard". Figure skaters Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim performed well in the team pairs short program, and America finished in fourth place in that discipline. The bronze medalist at the grand prix final fell twice to finish eighth among the 10 skaters.

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"We're at the Olympic Games and we'll do six programs if we need to", said her partner and husband, Knierim regarding their busy competition schedule. "We were prepared for anything". The team also landed solid side-by-side triple toeloops and a throw triple loop, scoring a new personal best of 80.92 and first place overall in the Pairs event. It features 10 teams and each has one representative competing in men's singles, women's singles, pairs and ice dancing. Chen placed first and won the gold medal and became the 2017 US Ladies Champion.

Patrick Chan fell on both of his quads but rallied in the back half of his program. Chan skated off the ice certain that he had dug a hole for the rest of the team, only to watch some of his biggest rivals take big spills.

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"When I competed my Olympic short, my adrenaline was through the roof", Hamilton said in an interview after a men's practice earlier this week at the Gangneung Ice Arena, where he watched Americans Nathan Chen and Adam Rippon train. "But it happens. Just take it and move on".

"I came here to enjoy the Games. And again, I let them down but I think that they'll be able to pull through".

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Not even a sublime skate from Tarasova and Morozov could make up for Kolyada's problems.

Uno two-footed and stepped out the landing of his opening quad flip, but was otherwise clean in his routine to "Winter" which featured a quad toe-triple toe and triple Axel.

In first place is Shoma Uno, who is often seen as Japan's No. 2 man behind reigning Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu.

His performance helped Japan to a surprising tie for third after the opening day.

"I'm glad that I got the opportunity you need to at least come out there and put the programs down and learn from it", Chen said. "I thought I might make a mistake, too, and I did, but I was able to overcome it. I am quite satisfied with all of that".

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